Michelin-starred chefs cook for hospital staff in French Alps

7th April 2020, by Abi Butcher

Jean Sulpice, who has two Michelin stars, is one of the chefs feeding hospital staff

Jean Sulpice, who has two Michelin stars, is one of the chefs feeding hospital staff

Michelin-starred chefs in the French Alps are feed staff caring for coronavirus patients in local hospitals.

Some 20 Michelin-starred chefs from the Savoie Mont Blanc have joined the initiative that started in Paris, and are cooking for the three main hospitals in the mountain region. The chefs include Julien Machet from Le Farçon in La Tania (one star), Clément Bouvier from Ursus in Tignes (one star) and Mickaël Arnoult from Auberge Les Morainières in Jongieux (two stars). They are using food sourced locally from producers who can’t sell their food at markets any more.

The chefs are cooking 1,200 meals every Sunday for all hospital workers, from doctors and nurses to cleaners, admin workers and security staff. All of whom are looking after patients with Covid-19.

In Annecy, five Michelin-starred chefs have joined forces and are cooking nutritious meals for staff at their local hospital using vegetables and plants from their own gardens, local cheese and fish. In all, 60 meals are being served on five dates in April, each chef taking a turn in creating the menu.

The first meal, created by two-starred chef Jean Sulpice from Auberge du Pere Bise, included dishes such as Tourte aux blettes avec champignons et Beaufort (vegetable, muschroom and Beaufort pie) and Tatou au safran de Savoie (custard pie with Savoie saffron).

The initiative to cook hospital meals for staff was launched in Paris first, by Guillaume Gomez, who has been the Elysée’s chef since 2013.

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